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Do you use a .eu domain name? If so, it has now become imperative that you come up with a contingency plan in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.
Previously, we reported that UK businesses and individuals using .eu domain names should consider preparing alternative domains, as they’ll no longer meet the eligibility criteria for ownership after Brexit. Now, the EURiD (the .eu register operator) has issued instructions on what will happen in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The new guidance states that, if registrants cannot comply with the eligibility criteria within 12 months, they risk losing their domain names. These will eventually be revoked and released back onto the open market for registration. Here’s the timetable as proposed by EURid:
In addition, during the two-month period after 30 March 2019, the following actions will not be possible for .eu domain names:
We strongly recommend that you put in place a contingency plan now by registering suitable gTLDs or .uk domain names. If you need assistance to protect your business, get in touch with me at email@example.com.
For more information about what happens to IP rights after Brexit, visit our dedicated one-stop-shop information page.
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